Christian filmmaker Brian Sanders is wrapping up a trip to Israel from his home in Colorado. His goal for this trip is no less than transforming the perspective of the global church about Israel.
He’s here shooting a film with the ambitious title Why Stand With Israel: A Film To Change Hearts.
Sanders spoke to Breaking Israel News about how he came to see the centrality of Israel in the Bible. “In 2013, I came to Israel to cover and film President Obama’s visit here. Like many, my eyes were opened to see the Bible come to life.
“I wanted to know more about Israel, so I did my own research. I turned to others whose eyes had been opened. I started to seek out and hang around like-minded [others]. I started learning more about my Hebraic roots. I started reading parsha (the weekly Torah portion read by Jews worldwide) and learning more about the [Biblical] feasts.”
This was something of a do-it-yourself project since, in the decades Sanders spent attending church services, he said, “Not once in church had I ever heard any teaching on Israel or the Scriptures I found on my own.”
Connecting to Israel changed him in significant ways. “My relationship increased more with the Father. It’s really getting back to the Father. That part is just missing. You see the Father and His handprints all over the Tanach (Hebrew Bible). I discovered more about the Father’s heart. It inspired me to know more.”
By 2015, Sanders felt ready to celebrate Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) at his home. At that point, he realized that something had to change.
“We’re Biblically illiterate,” Sanders claimed about the many traditional Christians who do not connect to the centrality of God’s promises to Israel. He began asking himself why the church wasn’t teaching this. “Why don’t we know what the heritage and foundations of our faith and where it began? Why is this not being taught in the church? It got me perturbed! Why was I lied to? What wasn’t I told the whole truth?
“Now that I found the truth I want other people to see it,” he asserted.
“There is no other nation that the Lord talks about more. He talks about this nation, yet we don’t dive into it. We don’t see what He’s trying to tell us. He made an everlasting, eternal covenant with the Jewish people and the Nation of Israel.
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SOURCE: Breaking Israel News, Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler